Locals turn Samaritans at train disaster site
They have been working tirelessly but silently since the Uttarbanga Express crashed into the Vananchal Express at the Sainthia station in Birbhum district, ferrying the injured, donating blood and helping out in the morgue.
Suri: They have been working tirelessly
but silently since the Uttarbanga Express crashed into the
Vananchal Express at the Sainthia station in Birbhum district,
ferrying the injured, donating blood and helping out in the
Monkhush Hossain Khan, a resident of Joramath Churmura
area here collected a group of young men and drove them in his
truck to the Sainthia station 40 km away after hearing about
Khan and his band of Samaritans after reaching Sainthia
ferried the injured to the Suri Sadar Hospital and the Burdwan
Medical College and Hospital in the neighbouring district.
"We went to work at 4:00 am yesterday and have been
continuing since. We only took a two hour break to bathe and
change our clothes which were soiled with blood and dirt,"
Khan said here.
He said that his group of young volunteers took over 20
injured passengers of the Vananchal Express to the Suri
Hospital after rescuing them from the wrecked bogies.
"Some of them were referred by doctors at the hospital
here to the Burdwan Medical College and Hospital and we wasted
no time in driving them there. I hope they survive," he said.
Now that the injured were in hospital and rescue
operations over, Khan and the young Samaritans are helping out
at the morgue.
Besides Khan there are other volunteers too from this
district town who turned out to help out when disaster struck.
"When word went around that there was a shortage of
blood at the hospital because of the large number of injured,
a few hundred of us immediately turned up to donate blood," a
citizen said, declining to be named.
The morgue employees too have been working ceaselessly
sine the train collision and Ratan Dom, who head`s the
department, says he has handled over 40 bodies so far.
Several local clubs also arranged food and water for
distraught family members of the dead and injured.
The train mishap has claimed 66 people so far and injured